Hale was a veteran, having served in the Navy, Army and Merchant Marines.
He retired after more than 25 years as a millwright with the Local #1080. Sheldon “Rudd” enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dogs through the years. Behind a tough exterior, he was a generous and big hearted man. He was often the “life of the party” and was known for his witty sense of humor.
Hale was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Louella Keeton and Helen Mediate; brothers, Charles and Don Hale; and a step-father, Bill Haggard.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandra Hall Hale; daughters, Jan Petznick (Tom) of Bowling Green, Ky., Shelda Hale (Tom Godell) of Lexington, Ky., Patricia Hale of Lexington, Ky. and Kim Barnett (Ty) of Owensboro; a son, Dan Hale (Tammy) of Owensboro; grandchildren, Joshua and Orion Weill, Jeremy and Justin Lee, Isaac, Jacob Paul, and Rebekah Hale, Aaron, Josiah, Andrew and Sam Douglas, Sarah Vance and Trent and McKenzie Barnett; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Dell Cannestro of Lady Lake, Fla. and Ouida Faye Haycraft of North Carolina; brothers, Eugene “Buggs” Hale (Leva) of Evansville and Norman “Butch” Hale (Kathy) of St. Augustine, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Kenneth Stone will officiate. Visitation on Wednesday will be from 3-8 p.m. at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation on Thursday will be from 12-2 p.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice.
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